Master On Campus Online

Governance and Leadership

18 months
34960 AUD/year
28160 AUD/year
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This flexible and innovative Governance and Leadership degree offered at James Cook University can be tailored to suit your needs. You will complete an integrated core program and gain theoretical knowledge in law and institutions, entrepreneurship, policy analysis and management economics. 


On successful completion of the Governance and Leadership degree offered at James Cook University, graduates will be able to:

  • Analyse critically and reflect to demonstrate mastery and integrated  understanding of   governance and leadership concepts and theories
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise information, issues, and problems with concepts and theories in relation to governance and leadership practices
  • Communicate and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and ideas that contribute to and advance understandings and ethical practices in governance and leadership
  • Research and apply established theories to a range of governance and   leadership practices and settings
  • Generate and explore creative solutions for complex real-world challenges
  • Plan, execute and interpret a substantial research-based project that captures governance and/or leadership challenges.

Career Opportunities

  • Position yourself to lead change in the sphere of governance with a JCU Master of Governance and Leadership.
  • This unique degree equips graduates to pursue a career within corporate government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, community and research organisations.
  • Graduates perform high-level leadership roles, managing the rapidly changing e-governance environment such as collective intelligence and social networking technologies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leading and Managing Organisational Change
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Economics for a Sustainable World
  • Legal Institutions and Governance
  • Leadership
  • Policy Analysis and Management 
  • State Society and Governance
  • Applied Research Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS Code: 096857A 

  • AQF Level 7 bachelor degree with 4 years relevant work experience; or equivalent
  • US: Satisfactory completion of one year at a recognised university with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.7 will be considered for the study abroad program.
  • Germany: Successful completion of six months of study at a recognised German university with an overall grade of Pass or successful completion of Abitur, Fachhochschulreife or Reifezeugnis.
  • Sweden: Successful completion of Upper Secondary School or Kommunal vuxenutbildning with a minimum GPA of 12.
  • Norway: Successful completion of at least six months of study at a recognised higher education institution in Norway; or successful completion of Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skolen with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Denmark: Successful completion of one semester of study at a recognised higher education institution in Denmark with an overall grade of Pass (average of D).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    34960 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 34960 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    28160 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28160 AUD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Townsville

1500 - 2800 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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